Overcommitted?

Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame.  Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder.
ROMANS 12:11-12 MSG

Do you have too many things on your to-do list and too few hours in which to do them? If so, it’s time to take a long, hard look at the way you’re prioritizing your days and your life.

The world encourages you to rush full-speed ahead, taking on lots of new commitments, doing many things, but doing few things well. God, on the other hand, encourages you to slow down, to quiet yourself, and to spend time with Him. And you can be sure that God’s way is best.

How will you organize your life? Will you carve out quiet moments with the Creator? And while you’re at it, will you focus your energies and your resources on only the most important tasks on your to-do list? Or will you max out your schedule, leaving much of your most important work undone?
Today, slow yourself down and commit more time to God. When you do, you’ll be amazed at how the Father can revolutionize your life when you start spending more time with Him.

Life is strenuous. See that your clock does not run down.   ~Mrs. Charles E. Cowman

Taking care of yourself physically really helps emotionally. People who get a lot of sleep, who do the things that relieve stress, can withstand a lot of stress.   ~Laura Bush

Jesus taught us by example to get out of the rat race and recharge our batteries. ~Barbara Johnson

Come, come, come unto Me, / Weary and sore distressed; / Come, come, come unto Me, / Come unto Me and rest. ~Fanny Crosby

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Lord, when I’m tired, give me the wisdom to do the smart thing: give me the wisdom to put my head on my pillow and rest! Amen

Defeating Negativity

Let angry people endure the backlash of their own anger; if you try to make it better, you’ll only make it worse.
PROVERBS 19:19 MSG

From experience, we know that it is easy to criticize others. And we know that it is usually far easier to find faults than to find solutions. Still, the urge to criticize others remains a powerful temptation for most of us.

Negativity is highly contagious: We give it to others who, in turn, give it back to us. This stress-inducing cycle can be broken only by positive thoughts, heartfelt prayers, encouraging words, and meaningful acts of kindness.

As thoughtful servants of a loving God, we have no valid reason—and no legitimate excuse—to be negative. So, when we are tempted to be overly critical of others, or unfairly critical of ourselves, we must use the transforming power of God’s love to break the chains of negativity. We must defeat negativity before negativity defeats us.

Winners see an answer for every problem; losers see a problem in every answer. ~Barbara Johnson

We never get anywhere—nor do our conditions and circumstances change—when we look at the dark side of life.   ~Mrs. Charles E. Cowman

To lose heart is to lose everything.   ~John Eldredge

Do not build up obstacles in your imagination. Difficulties must be studied and dealt with, but they must not be magnified by fear. ~Norman Vincent Peale

TODAY’S PRAYER
Lord, let me be an expectant Christian. Let me expect the best from You, and let me look for the best in others. If I become discouraged, Father, turn my thoughts and my prayers to You. Let me trust You, Lord, to direct my life.  And, let me be Your faithful, hopeful, optimistic servant
every day that I live. Amen

Beating Stress One Day at a Time

This is the day the LORD has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
PSALM 118:24 NKJV

Face facts: just getting by in these turbulent times can be stressful . . . very stressful. You live in a world that is brimming with demands, distractions, and deadlines (not to mention temptations, timetables, requirements, and responsibilities). Whew! No wonder you may be stressed.

What can you do in response to the stressors of everyday life? A wonderful place to start is by turning things over to God.

Psalm 118:24 reminds us that this day, like every other, is a glorious gift from the Father. How will you use that gift? Will you celebrate it and use it for His purposes? If so, you’ll discover that when you turn things over to Him—when you allow God to rule over every corner of your life—He will calm your fears and guide your steps.

So today, make sure that you focus on God and upon His will for your life. Then, ask for His help. And remember: No challenge is too great for Him. Not even yours.

Life is strenuous. See that your clock does not run down.   ~Mrs. Charles E. Cowman

There are very few certainties that touch us all in this mortal experience, but one of the absolutes is that we will experience hardship and stress at some point.   ~James Dobson

If you’re willing to repair your life, God is willing to help. If you’re not willing to repair your life, God is willing to wait.   ~Marie T. Freeman

Prescription for a happier and healthier life: resolve to slow down your pace; learn to say no gracefully; resist the temptation to chase after more pleasure, more hobbies, and more social entanglements.   ~James Dobson

TODAY’S PRAYER
Heavenly Father, You never leave or forsake me. Even when I am troubled by the demands of the day, You are always with me, protecting me and encouraging me. Whatever today may bring, I thank You for Your love and Your strength. Let me lean upon You, Father, this day and forever. Amen

Tour Israel with Steve Arterburn and New Life Ministries